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Phil Taylor injury: Browns DT expected to return to practice next week

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor is on schedule to return to practice when eligible next week both Mary Kay Cabot and Tony Grossi reported. Taylor was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list due to a torn pectoral muscle and is ineligible to play or practice until after Week 6.

Taylor, 24, was the 21st pick of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Browns and finished his rookie season with 59 tackles, four sacks, and a forced fumble. Taylor torn his pectoral muscle while weightlifting in the offseason and was forced to get surgery to repair the muscle tear in May. Head coach Pat Shurmur said Taylor looked great and will return to practice next week. Taylor should resume his starting role once he is ready to take the field.

The Browns are currently 0-5 and host the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6. The first game Taylor would be eligible to play in would be the Browns game against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 21.

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